ABC has pulled the plug on its reboot of “Roseanne” after star Roseanne Barr made racist comments about former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett on Tuesday.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” the network said in a statement.
ABC Entertainment cancels Roseanne Barr's show, calling her comment on Twitter "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values." https://t.co/2HJA1onFiw [Corrects link] pic.twitter.com/XEdNA8RLft— ABC News (@ABC) May 29, 2018
Barr initially tweeted: “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” The tweet was aimed at Valerie Jarrett, a top former aide to then-President Barack Obama, and has since been deleted.
Not long afterward, Barr posted an apology: “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me - my joke was in bad taste.”But the apology didn’t negate the first tweet and Twitter users had a lot of criticism to throw at both Barr and ABC.
'Roseanne' Canceled by ABC after Racist Tweet https://t.co/eAIGNhiAO0— TMZ (@TMZ) May 29, 2018